Helping those who came before us

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  • By Senior Airman James Hensley
  • 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
The Luke Bryant Fitness Center hosted the Retiree Appreciation Day Nov. 7, 2015. It was a day to give retirees a chance to come together and see what direction the Air Force is going.

"It was a full house with a number of activities and resources available for the retirees," said Capt. Chuck Henderlite, 56th Force Support Squadron sustainment services flight commander. "We had demonstrations from military working dogs and the explosive ordnance disposal units. This event allows retirees to grab any one of us to share their experiences and gives Luke the opportunity to honor those who came before us. We really appreciate our retirees and will continue to support them."

When it came to showing support for those who came before them, Luke Airmen came through for the retirees.

"Everyone was on board for making this happen for the retirees and there wasn't a shortage of people to help," Henderlite said.

There were several volunteers from various units who came out to support the retirees including the Airmen from the 56th Medical Group, 56th FSS, 56th Security Forces Squadron and the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron. There were also some off-base organizations in attendance including Veterans Affairs, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

With so many volunteer organizations and knowledge to share with retirees, it's important to take a step back to remember why.

"I think this event gives retirees perspective on what's being done today and keeps them connected," said Maj. Bill Best, retired. "I think the retirees really like it and there's great participation and knowledgeable people from the 56th Fighter Wing units. I liked the EOD and military working dogs demonstrations. We appreciate Luke for putting this event on and that they still care about retirees."